That group now has a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to research how best to study the frequency of persistent aftereffects. Advocates want public health agencies to create better mechanisms for identifying and tracking victims, and like Clark, they think victims should be connected as soon as possible to preventive medical care.
“We want to establish the true burden of disease because that is what policy makers use to decide what is a public health priority,” says Barbara Kowalcyk, the center’s co-founder. “As long as we focus only on the acute form of foodborne illness and not the long-term health consequences, we’ll underestimate how significant a problem this is.”
This article was originally published with the title Food Poisoning's Hidden Legacy.